The Queen has died. Long live the King. We’ll talk about the reign of Elizabeth II and the legacy she leaves for the Tasman nations. NZ Police are under pressure for blocking Avi Yemini from entering the country. Governments on both sides of the sea are trying to cover up health failures and the cost of living increases. Join Tim Wilms and Dieuwe de Boer for the return of Trad Tasman Talk.
As we reflect on Queen Elizabeth’s service we ponder how King Charles will reign given his climate change and social justice activism. The rock and unifying figure of the UK will not be present as the nation enters a dark winter with an energy shortage and cost of living crisis. The nation also has a new Prime Minister Liz Truss along with no white men in any of the Great Offices of the Cabinet.
Coming into effect today in Australia is the mandatory covid isolation period has been reduced from 7 to 5 days and masks are no longer mandatory on planes. NZ is still at the orange traffic light with a review on Monday as mask compliance has further decreased. The NZ Government has not apologized for smearing those it blamed for the Northland lockdown. Australia’s Parliament will hold an inquiry into long covid, an investigation by Harvard researchers has found those who were highly stressed, anxious, lonely, or depressed before catching covid are more likely to report long covid.
Diuewe attended the NZ Forum on the Family which was a call to action for Christian activists to take a stronger stance in political contests. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Police Minister Chris Hipkins have continued to dodge questions about who made the decision to deny entry to Avi Yemini, even after an Interpol memo was leaked. A health worker who took part in a mock trial of the NZ Government’s crimes is having his employment threatened. Local Government New Zealand will educate voters about candidates whom they deem extremists and conspiracy theorists.
Greens Leader Adam Bandt and his Deputy Mehreen Maruqi issued classless tweets about the death of the Queen pushing for a Republic and more First Nations’ rights. With the RBA raising interest rates to 2.35% the Greens are calling for both an interest rate freeze and rent control. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Bandt’s wife wore AOC-inspired dresses to Parliament’s mid-winter ball against coal and gas.
Dan Andrews dumped a report that found that 33 Victorians died because of Triple Zero failures on footy finals day. He did not front the media until Tuesday and blamed the pandemic for these deaths even though the Triple Zero failures predate the pandemic. The former Triple Zero chair claims he was pressed to resign in 2015 for asking for a new funding model. But Ambulance Victoria still found $760,000 to spend on diversity and inclusion officers. In NZ 3400 people are walking out of emergency departments every month with some having to wait more than 24 hours to receive treatment.
NZ Covid death rate significantly higher than Australia – KiwiBlog
Study finds link between poor mental health and long Covid – The Guardian
The Government that slanders and won’t apologise – KiwiBlog
Leaked: Police Begging Interpol for Intel on Avi Yemini – The BFD
Fake judge at Parliament protest under review by health provider employer – Stuff
LGNZ launches voter education campaign as conspiracists, extremists stand for election – RNZ
Who wore it better? Australian Greens mocked for ‘cringey’ Midwinter Ball stunt – Rebel News
Money, not pandemic, the main cause of Victoria’s triple-zero crisis – The Age
Former Triple Zero chair claims he was pressured to resign after making plea for funding – 3AW
Ambulance Victoria’s answer to 33 people DYING waiting for a paramedic? Spend $760,000 on ‘diversity and inclusion’ officers – Daily Mail
Kiwis have given up on ED – KiwiBlog